Australia v Sri Lanka, CB Series 2nd final, Adelaide March 6, 2012

Emotions lend charm to Jayawardene's captaincy

Mahela Jayawardene doesn't hold back on the odd show of theatrics. Given the troubled circumstances, his style of captaincy is responsible for Sri Lanka's reversal of fortunes
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The cricket world is full of too many nice and cool captains. Virender Sehwag is so afraid of breaching the spirit of cricket that he doesn't want to claim a dismissal that he believes is rightfully his side's. Michael Clarke finds mankading immoral, takes runs off overthrows off his bat but wants them reversed, and is generally conscious he is not seen as pushing the line. MS Dhoni maintains his cool, not changing things despite his team's poor results, because then he will be seen as getting flustered.

Mahela Jayawardene is refreshingly different. Just watch him respond to appeals turned down. Just watch him try to pull every possible trick within the cricket laws. Just watch him argue with the umpires today when they had missed a no-ball, and called it upon the batsman's insistence. He just let rip. He argued with the umpires while they were arriving at the decision, went to the square-leg umpire a ball later and continued doing so, and at the end of the over had a go at the other umpire, throwing his hands up frequently.

There are some who will call it poor behaviour, but here was a captain of a side whose fielders had dropped more catches than acceptable in a whole tournament, a side that could be proud of having come so far, a side that was playing its fourth game in eight nights, but Jayawardene didn't want it to end this way; he wanted to make it five games in 10 nights. And what is wrong with losing your cool once in a while as long as it is not banal abuse?

You want to see desperation, you want a losing side to pull every trick before accepting defeat, you want somebody to stir a side up when it begins to go through the motions. Sri Lanka were going down at that time. Two batsmen were approaching centuries, Sri Lanka's grip on the game had come off, and Australia looked good to score 300. Jayawardene agreed it is good for a captain to sometimes let it go.

"I guess so," Jayawardene said. "Just to get hyped up a bit more. Probably the bowlers also felt that, you know, that it was unjustified, and backed me in the last few overs, I guess. Overall it was a good game. Credit to the boys. We had to make a few tough calls."

Is there a bit of Arjuna Ranatunga in there? Jayawardene said he wouldn't go that far, but said he feels the need to break the status quo at times. "Just sometimes I tend to argue myself into things," he said, "and I know I have a good partner in crime in Sanga [Kumar Sangakkara] if I don't get it right. So one of us will always try and make sure we argue to the point, and then that's it."

He moved up the order, which coincided with Sri Lanka's first good opening stand and their first win. It couldn't have been an easy move, because it involved telling Upul Tharanga that on current form he was not good enough to open in testing conditions

Of course, this altercation wasn't the reason why Sri Lanka won. Jayawardene's total involvement as captain has been part of the reason why the floundering side has turned it around under him. He took over an unpaid and broken side, and began the campaign with two defeats in the hometown of the coach who had just been sacked without reason. One of his openers was a walking wicket, his best bowler hadn't had a great tournament. As captain on the field, Jayawardene has had just one off day, when India chased 321 in 36.4 overs.

However, Jayawardene also had to shake things up as a batsman. He moved up the order, which coincided with Sri Lanka's first good opening stand and their first win. It couldn't have been an easy move, because it involved telling Upul Tharanga that on current form he was not good enough to open in testing conditions. "Everyone has taken it positively," he said. "Not just Upul. The other day he batted at six and batted positively. We have to sometimes play purely tactically."

Jayawardene was an angry man today. "Definitely I was disappointed," he said. "Especially when you are playing just four bowlers, and depending on Dilly [Tillakaratne Dilshan] to be the fifth, and he did a great job. We knew we had to pick up wickets, and that's the only way we could control that batting line-up. And our guys were dropping everything. We can laugh about it, obviously because we had a very comfortable win today, but it would have definitely cost the match and the tournament."

The fury showed in his batting, in how he stepped out to hit James Pattinson for his first boundary, in how he swept Daniel Christian for a six, in how he went at a rate higher than Dilshan's, in being in full control of the game. It was unfortunate when, for whatever reason, Jayawardene quit captaincy. Now that he is back, it is fun to watch him lead Sri Lanka.

Edited by Kanishkaa Balachandran

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Mark00 on March 8, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    Mahela's objection was due to the fact that the umpires only called it a no-ball after the australian batsman told them to. Umpires taking directions from the opposing team is a very good reason to express concern.

  • TheGreatBCCI on March 8, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    Good Job jayawardene, India won the CB Series last time and now Srilanka.. Australia dominance in world cricket is destroyed by Subcontinent Teamss ... good sign for World cricket

  • taniap on March 8, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    I dare say best captain SL ever had,... just edging Arjuna by a whisker. I hope Mahela stays on a little longer than a year until a proper understudy is ready to take on the role.

  • NP_NY on March 8, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    This guy should have never quit his captaincy earlier. Right now, he is probably the shrewdest captain around atleast in the limited overs format. SL is leading Aus 4-2 in this series and looks like they're winning the final. Just goes to show what good strong leadership can do to a team's fortunes.

  • on March 8, 2012, 2:24 GMT

    the reason why we won the WC was cause of the great Ranatunga.MJ is a good kipper too.

  • Marcio on March 8, 2012, 0:17 GMT

    Jayawardene loses it and it is "charming"? It was a real dummy spit. If an Australian captain ever carried on like that the media would have his head. Even Ponting never lost it like that.

  • on March 7, 2012, 23:11 GMT

    Leading a team in any form of sport is a huge responsibility. Leading a cricket team is even more challenging. ICC has implement a book of rules and fines for breaching them. I still see this matter being handled differently if Michael Clerk was in Mahela's shoes. The past incidents in this tournament is self explanatory. Wondering if there are two rule books..........? Would love to get my hands on the other.

  • cricmatters on March 7, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    @Kalhara Caldera My comments were not against Mahela only. In the previous match, Michael Clarke rushed in from slip to question a LBW decision which didn't go in his favour. ANY captain who shows disagreement or dissent on the field should be dealt with by the match referee. Captains can lodge an official complaint about bad decisions after the match but making statement in the media about umpiring or throwing tantrums on the field is not acceptable. Umpires try to do a difficult job under pressure and should be shown a bit more respect.

  • on March 7, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    he never should've quit captaincy in the first place.. I believed that when he quit captaincy after the thrashing we got from India in '09 when Sangakkara took over captaincy, when Dilshan took over captaincy and now

  • Nathan_123 on March 7, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    After seeking this incident I am beginning to like Mahela. I thought he was a soft character, but now the world has seen a different side to Mahela: very hungry, angry, positive and a confident captain. I also agree that he had gone bit over the top with this incident, but he also had a fair point where Clark shouldn't have interfered with the umpires' decision. SL desperately needed a captain like Mahela at the present time, and he had proved to the world that he is the best captain at present time in world cricket. It's not easy for any team to go to Australia and win games. The difference for me is that SL batsmen's have been playing the short ball exceptionally well. I remember Aussies used to intimidate the SL players by bowling short deliveries. But now the 145km an hour bowls have been disappearing to the car park. Great stuff!

  • Mark00 on March 8, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    Mahela's objection was due to the fact that the umpires only called it a no-ball after the australian batsman told them to. Umpires taking directions from the opposing team is a very good reason to express concern.

  • TheGreatBCCI on March 8, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    Good Job jayawardene, India won the CB Series last time and now Srilanka.. Australia dominance in world cricket is destroyed by Subcontinent Teamss ... good sign for World cricket

  • taniap on March 8, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    I dare say best captain SL ever had,... just edging Arjuna by a whisker. I hope Mahela stays on a little longer than a year until a proper understudy is ready to take on the role.

  • NP_NY on March 8, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    This guy should have never quit his captaincy earlier. Right now, he is probably the shrewdest captain around atleast in the limited overs format. SL is leading Aus 4-2 in this series and looks like they're winning the final. Just goes to show what good strong leadership can do to a team's fortunes.

  • on March 8, 2012, 2:24 GMT

    the reason why we won the WC was cause of the great Ranatunga.MJ is a good kipper too.

  • Marcio on March 8, 2012, 0:17 GMT

    Jayawardene loses it and it is "charming"? It was a real dummy spit. If an Australian captain ever carried on like that the media would have his head. Even Ponting never lost it like that.

  • on March 7, 2012, 23:11 GMT

    Leading a team in any form of sport is a huge responsibility. Leading a cricket team is even more challenging. ICC has implement a book of rules and fines for breaching them. I still see this matter being handled differently if Michael Clerk was in Mahela's shoes. The past incidents in this tournament is self explanatory. Wondering if there are two rule books..........? Would love to get my hands on the other.

  • cricmatters on March 7, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    @Kalhara Caldera My comments were not against Mahela only. In the previous match, Michael Clarke rushed in from slip to question a LBW decision which didn't go in his favour. ANY captain who shows disagreement or dissent on the field should be dealt with by the match referee. Captains can lodge an official complaint about bad decisions after the match but making statement in the media about umpiring or throwing tantrums on the field is not acceptable. Umpires try to do a difficult job under pressure and should be shown a bit more respect.

  • on March 7, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    he never should've quit captaincy in the first place.. I believed that when he quit captaincy after the thrashing we got from India in '09 when Sangakkara took over captaincy, when Dilshan took over captaincy and now

  • Nathan_123 on March 7, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    After seeking this incident I am beginning to like Mahela. I thought he was a soft character, but now the world has seen a different side to Mahela: very hungry, angry, positive and a confident captain. I also agree that he had gone bit over the top with this incident, but he also had a fair point where Clark shouldn't have interfered with the umpires' decision. SL desperately needed a captain like Mahela at the present time, and he had proved to the world that he is the best captain at present time in world cricket. It's not easy for any team to go to Australia and win games. The difference for me is that SL batsmen's have been playing the short ball exceptionally well. I remember Aussies used to intimidate the SL players by bowling short deliveries. But now the 145km an hour bowls have been disappearing to the car park. Great stuff!

  • Cric_Tic on March 7, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    Captains are always undr pressure..and they have every right to show their anger for any unfair instances.. or else these things will keep playing in mind throughout the match. Dhoni is an excellent captain who needs to start showing his anger, which will bring seriousness among players and also rally togther against umpire for unfair instances. Mahela is right in what he did without any absuse.

  • Precioustar84 on March 7, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    @wjkalana - Indian fans wanted India to win and will always want that because thats the team we've come to know and love but don't get it confused please. If India IS playing then we want India to win but if India is NOT playing, we always want the next asian team to win. India won against SL twice this series and once was tied because of Dhoni's error. Adelaide last over win was once again Dhoni's error. India never had problem beating SL and was never vulnerable against SL but were against Aussies. The decks that India played on last 2 months were mostly fast and bouncy whereas SL are playing slow and low which suits us subcontinents teams. The same Indian team won last CB series in 2008 in Aus in all conditions which few fans fail to notice when calling us flat track bullies. Its SL's determination in this series that keeps us Indians cheering for you to win the CB trophy. If its to prove anything else to India than its a fail.

  • on March 7, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    It is fine considering the intensity of the match though finger pointing could have been best avoided.Take it easy Mahela, these are highly stressful moments.It is encouraging to see the supporting statements made by Indians and Aussies.After all it is a game and you have shown your tremendous potential in performing under pressure conditions.All the best for tomorrow.

  • porshatom on March 7, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    Jayawardene is a class act, he carried on a bit long after the no ball decision but so what? The ball was originally wrongly called six & the no ball seemed to be only called after Clarkes insistence. As an Australian supporter of Cricket I think it is great that Sri Lanka have come here & put on such a good show after the awful, disappointing showing by India in the test Series. The fact Sri Lankan cricketers are playing so well without being paid (on time) is amazing. It displays their heart & commitment. I wish them all the best for today's final. If they win it, it will be much deserved. Peace.

  • shameerpvt on March 7, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    umpires should be allowed for questioning by captain. totally biased umpires have won matches who they favour in many occasions in the past. what's wrong when a captain asks to justify the umpire's decision..... if a player or the entire team don't have confidence about the umpire, then itself is enough to the downfall of that particular match, the tournament, the relationship between the two sides, etc.....

  • on March 7, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    Arjuna was captain who ensured Murali had a long tenure....:)

  • on March 7, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    I think it was a valid argument by Mahela, they can't talk to the batsman and then call a no ball. That just insane! We all know how disappointing umpiring has been when came to silly little mistakes. There should be a way to keep them on their toes.

  • Lion_96 on March 7, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    i gotta say, tht was ridiculous behaviour from the captain. reminds me of ricky ponting being cranky with aleem dar in the boxing day ashes test in 2010. as bill lawry said " cannot stand there and argue with umpires, after a decision has been made" and i cud add, "no matter how long it takes"

  • yassus on March 7, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    The no-ball incident was the umpires fault. Once the ball has become "dead" on crossing the rope,in my view,any decision on that delivery is technically invalid.So MJ was within his right to protest.The umpires should have apologised for ther delay/mistake! Comment from Any Cricket Laws expert welcome!

  • Ashish_WC2011 on March 7, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    @Positive_Critic

    My friend , i agree with you point , but now when India got defeated badly, this is coming into picture before nobody raised single question :-)

  • Siva-The-Human on March 7, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    @wjkalana The Best liar and worst Sl fan. India won only one match huh, then what about other match and tied match.

  • on March 7, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    I totally agree with the fact that Mahela's behaviour was bit over the line. But the writer has exaggerated it as something so serious has never happened in cricket. He defends MS Dhoni, Sehwag and Clarke as they never show any gesture of disagreement with the umpires, but cricket fans who watch many games of cricket know that it is not the case. And also underestimating a team as Sri Lanka as they came to finals by luck when compared with their skills is totally biased as anyone can see. There was only one match in the series where Sri Lankan bowlers struggled so much and in other games against India they tested Indian batsmens' skill. And except for that particular game, the games that India won were won narrowly and Sri Lanka were able to beat India as well. So I guess writers should be more independent from their private views when posting to place where many cricket fans join to enjoy the game of cricket.

  • Percy_Fender on March 7, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    Jayawadane is an all tie great from Sri Lanka.So it is is surprising no one talks of him in the breath of the Kallis' and the Dravids.But he is a great captain as well.I think Sri Lanka will win tomorrow because it usually happens to great players who become captains to win something big in what is their final assignment as Captain.Everyone in the team performs like a whistle and all odds are overtaken.I remember before the 1985 W C C in Australia,India had lost to England in India in the Tests.Then came the WCC and Gavaskar led.They beat every team convincingly and won the tournament.Till this day I cannot understand how this happened.It is Mahela's turn now to be in that limelight for the reason that he was born for greatness. That comes across from the sheer finesse of his batting the ease with which he fields and above all his calm temperament. Not for them the boorishness that one sees on the cricket field these days. If he reacts it has to be just par for the course. Forgivable.

  • on March 7, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    i see bit of arjuna in this new version of MJ. Boy arjuna was a fearce compititor...if not the BEST....the ross emerson finger incident was one of d turning points of SL cricket.....

  • on March 7, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    I really admire the captaincy of mahela...i think the best captainc should go to mahela this year...

  • on March 7, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    I think the National Basketball Association (NBA) has got it right. They have something called a Technical Foul and when an individual in the team gets a "T", the opponents get a free throw. And two "T" and the person is "ejected". The coaches and players use this way to fire up the team. I think it should be the same in cricket too. A "T" should be a free hit next ball to be bowled by a person who has already bowled in the innings to be chosen by the batting team!! If the batters on the field commit a "T", an automatic dot ball and two "T" is out!!!

  • jmcilhinney on March 7, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    It may be true that Jayawardene's dummy spit lifted the SL team but I think that those saying that he did it for that reason are giving him a bit too much credit. I very much doubt that it was a tactical ploy but, if it was, it was reprehensible. The SL team were in a hole partly of their own making and Jayawardene was frustrated and when something happened that he didn't like he took it out on the umpires. I can understand that in the heat of battle, although I still think it deserves to be punished, but if he did it in a calculated fashion then the punishment should be significantly greater. Give that he said "I don't play that way" after the mankadding incident I would hope that he wouldn't abuse umpires as a tactic. I think Jayawardene is a good captain, a good player and a good guy and I understand his querying the umpires given that they only called the no-ball on the batsman's prompting. To continue it for so long is not something to be applauded though.

  • on March 7, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    what hell umpires did (slept or 4gt duty) b4 the batsman point out that was no-ball?

  • JackRusselJun on March 7, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    Mahela point out his finger for Something Else. not point out Umpire .....please look into video again, above photo make wrong picture.

  • on March 7, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    @ cricmatters

    "I beg to disagree. Arguing with umpires is not a sign of a good captain trying to do the right thing by his team. It is a sign of desperation and does not set a good example"

    so why exactly was michael clarke pointing out the no ball. by your logic, he should've just accepted that the umpires missed it entirely. if you'd actually have paid attention to what happened that match, you'll realise that mahela was arguing because an umpire was allowing one of the playing captains to influence his decision.

  • nilb on March 7, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    It's unfair to say Shewag is "afraid" that he allowed the appeal to be reversed. He just showed that he's a gentleman unlike Aswin.

  • raisagha on March 7, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    Mahela quit. Sanga in and then quit. Dilshan in and now again Mahela is back. But during all this period, one can easily see the positive and active role of Mahela. He has been the best team player for last few years. Same for Sanga and now we see Dilshan. During all these changes, we never saw or felt any rift among the team. There was no ugly politics on captaincy. Good cricketing side - Sri Lanka.

  • SL-NATPIDDIMUNAI on March 7, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    standing umpires the on field should take their own judgement without the batting or fielding captains suggestions.field umpires should not forget that you guys standing up @there in the ground for international team..not for domestic!!...

  • yasask on March 7, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    lets not forget that australia has repeatedly claimed catches which they have clearly dropped. and they have done it many times.

  • Positive_Critic on March 7, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    @ Ashish_WC2011, Regarding Dhoni's calm and cool style of captaincy...Well certainly being calm n cool is an asset for a captain but to overdo it and letting off things that needed immediate action is also a point that one needs to consider. For me on this tour, MSD was not calm and cool rather he was playing it safe.

  • on March 7, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    The bloke who had cause for telling off the umpire was Watson, when Asad Raul gave not out to an obvious nick when Dilshan was on 77. Instead Watson just glared at Asad and kept bowling. Sure Mahala J may have stretched the argument but it is a final, so give him a break. Mahala's batting later was wonderful to watch, but what won Sri Lanka the match was his captaincy. He saw the pitch was a dog's breakfast for fast bowlers and the Aussie openers would feast on his quicks. So Mahala bought on Dilshan's little darts from one end and the "slinger" firing at the base of the stumps at the other. Look at what the Aussie's did when they bowled. Send in the quicks who promptly got flogged. Sure the SL openers rode their luck, but it worked and put them way ahead of the clock. Jayawardene showed GREAT captaincy there and they easily won the match.

  • on March 7, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    Good luck to Mahela and SL. Really want to see Aussies losing the CB series.

  • TamilIndian on March 7, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    Payment for matches should be made ONLY if you win - if BCCI starts following this rule, things might change :-)

  • on March 7, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    jayawardena had showed how a ture captain should act . whether it isa noball or not au mpire should not act on when one player from the team says what umpires had to do. i am an indian team fan but after my indian team im liking the srilankan team .

  • rukii on March 7, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    Well said 'cover fielder' even i had a laugh at mahela when he said the weakness of aus is their bowling. mahela is best captain after arjuna i feel under mahela's captaincy we can win the 2015 world cup in Australia. But it will be hard to beat either india or pakisthan in bangladesh to get the asia cup .

  • Mr.Khb on March 7, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    I think Mahela was right.He cant just stand there as the captain accepting everything.If something is wrong,he should talk.Thats a captain. And cus of that bowlers got some moral and did well.Thats what he expected!And I say Mahela is a good captain.

  • PANS on March 7, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    You would like to call it "fun to watch Jayawardene lead Sri Lanka" but to me it is a honor and privilege. He is the best and every time I see a master craftsman at work in him, baring the famous Indian match.

  • jklanka_cricket on March 7, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    Every run is counted.

    Umpire should have signal no ball. That is the first thing they see. then they are checking about the rest.

    So it is the duty of a captain to questioning on behalf of the team. All team members did not come to argue.

    Cheers Mahela

  • HTD-dinu on March 7, 2012, 4:14 GMT

    " In fact it was also a no ball because the bowler's foot was outside the popping crease so Sri Lanka were lucky they didnt have to bowl a free hit. "

    Dude that's the whole point , UMPIRES missed it all ,, after clark pointed to him that got to there minds , That's the point MJ made .

  • Mad_Hamish on March 7, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    For those saying that if Jayawardene (and not Clarke) had pointed out a missed no-ball he'd have been fined in the first final one of the Sri Lankan batsmen pointed out a field infringement and got it called as a no-ball. As far as I know he hasn't been fined yet.

  • on March 7, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    Yeah it's true..Mahela is actually not pointing at the umpire at all, he is pointing at Michael Clarke to show that he had sign a no ball "above waist high".but just looking at the photo,it totally miss led the situation.so if you want to know truth please watch the video before blaming him.

  • Ashish_WC2011 on March 7, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    @Sidharth Monga I agree with the emotion of jayawardane because those thing happens at the very moment depending upon circumstances.But that deos not means it adds charm to his captaincy , He is great captain who(I will say whole srilanka team) is very hungary for the Victory, but that incident has nothing to do with his captaincy , am sure have srilanka has lost that match , the incident could have been shown in very different way that a captain with whom nothing is going right in the field is getiing frustrated.

    Although i agree , Jaya is one of the best captains on the filed , as Srilankans players are not paid till date , but they look more hungry then any of the Teams playing in the tournment And Just want to add One point regarding Dhoni ,being Calm has been his emotion and he does not loss that because that is how feel more comfortable,being cool and having patience can be also be emotion.

  • on March 7, 2012, 2:54 GMT

    UMPIRE'Sno-ball, and called it upon the batsman's insistence.??THATS THE PROBLEM..

  • cricmatters on March 7, 2012, 2:22 GMT

    I beg to disagree. Arguing with umpires is not a sign of a good captain trying to do the right thing by his team. It is a sign of desperation and does not set a good example. For each LBW turned down, the captain rushes to the umpire to find out why it was not given out even though the bowler has already asked that question before. Umpires are already under lot of pressure and they don't have to put up this kind of boorish behaviour. Lot of youngsters watch this game and look up to their favourite players as role models. ICC should take a more hardline approach rather than just imposing fines for showing dissent on the field.

  • on March 7, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    Excellent catainship from Jayawardene..Dhoni should see him how to inspire the team performance..Well done Lanka, Win the Cup..

  • Micgyver on March 7, 2012, 0:24 GMT

    Mahela did carry on abit.The umpires were obviously in a state of disarray regarding whether the ball was hit for 4 or 6 and didnt make the stituation easier by not calling the no ball immediately.However the right decision was made.In fact it was also a no ball because the bowler's foot was outside the popping crease so Sri Lanka were lucky they didnt have to bowl a free hit.

  • cricinfan on March 7, 2012, 0:24 GMT

    @da_man: I guess it shows how 2 dimensional photos can totally mislead! If you watch the video, Mahela is actually not pointing at the umpire at all, he is pointing at Michael Clarke to show that he had signalled "above waist high". Anyway, this no big deal. It's good to have some passion.

  • da_man_ on March 6, 2012, 23:23 GMT

    This is cricket, not hockey, or (thank God) football. Respect for the umpires and fellow cricketers should be absolute. I agree he had reason to protest, but disagree with his method. I'd like to reiterate my admiration for a wonderful player and astute captain, but also historically he has been an utter gentleman, hence my shock at his actions. Regardless, the incident is over, let's draw a line under it and move on.

  • on March 6, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    It is a great feature of a captain. I know this man a lot. he is not a guy arguing for nothing. his point is correct. even there should be a step taken against umpires who doesn't do their job.there should be a spirit of any game.here in this situation it was threatened.our man went against it.there were team captains like arjuna, imran, loyed,border who were very gutsy players and great examples set by them & done lot to sprite of the game. they all lead there teams to world cup wins. there are own country's national heros.For me mahela is ahead of them.he was the team vice captain in 1999 Asia cup in tests.from there after groomed under very spirited cricketers like Arjuna, marvan, aravinda, roshan. I love to see he is playing. I love to see he is captaining. l love to see he is on field because it always produces favourable result.

  • Tiger_Sajed on March 6, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    This is nothing new in Australia! If Mahela was in place of Michael Clark yesterday and would have pointed out the no ball to umpires he would have been fined for breaching cricket rules.

  • on March 6, 2012, 22:39 GMT

    Mahela Jayawardene - Man Of the Series?

  • mmsandeep on March 6, 2012, 22:21 GMT

    The fight SL have shown in this tournament is impressive. I hope they go on to win the last final as well! Kudos to MJ for leading from the front when things weren't going their way. His aggressive captaincy to take wickets and willingness to shake the batting order around worked well for SL ...

    I guess that's something MS Dhoni needs to regain his edge. India's batting flopped repeatedly in this tour but they played the same line-up again and again to get hammered. Being the in-form bat early on, Dhoni should have batted higher up the order.

  • Cannuck on March 6, 2012, 22:18 GMT

    For those who bring up names of Ponting, Shahid Afridi or Sreesanth in such a situation to imply Mahela got away easily... Unlike the rest who are well known for constant badgering of the umpires, this is Mahela's first offense. Generally he is regarded as one of the calm gentlemanly player/captains around, hence why Monga's article talks about his emotions getting the better of his charm. Sometimes it's good to see some reaction or emotion from your leader. True he went a "bit" too far with it, but he is not wrong to question the umps, specially it was not a neutral umpire either. You can't compare Mahela to other whining, bullying, intimidating captains. He wins with tactics within the rules of the game, & once in a way he gets caught up with emotion. As the article says it's refreshing to see happen once in a while, unlike the afore mentioned captains who live by it. Mahela is only human after all!!

  • Tiger_Sajed on March 6, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    Yes, this is nothing new in Australia. We have seen many such incidents in the past. Yesterday if Mahela was in place of Michael Clark and pointed out the no ball to the umpire he would be rather fined!!!

  • Leg-Breaker on March 6, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    I apologize for the tangential post. But two stark contrasts that stand out are: 1) The way Sri Lankan batsmen have taken a liking to Aussie bowlers and 2) how Aussie bowlers have looked so helpless compared to their performance against India.

    This further proves that Indian batting has sunk to the depths that they have made Aussie bowlers look like heroes. There is a lesson for Australia not to bask in the glory of their success because anybody can get wickets against India outside of the subcontinent. I think they might be exposed in the Ashes and Clarke clearly has realized it by the looks of his press conference yesterday.

    Not to take away anything from the Sri Lankans though - amazing performance and team spirit. Good luck in the final game. As a neutral observer, I don't care who wins as long as the teams can make the game interesting !!!

  • here2rock on March 6, 2012, 21:34 GMT

    Mahela Jayawardene is a great captain but the way he carried himself yesterday was a shame. Going at he umpires is not a good example for people watching the game. It is a test of your character when things are not going your ways. This attribute is a credit to Dhoni, some times you feel frustrated because he is so cool but Mahela Jayawardene was a real shame yesterday. He will lose me as a fan if he carries on like that in the future.

  • Kula_Bowls_Inswing on March 6, 2012, 21:28 GMT

    As brilliant a batsman and captain as Jayawardene is, it is unacceptable to argue with the umpires in front of the crowd and the cameras. It's a slippery slope to the situation in football, in which abusing the umpires is the done thing. It is one thing to stand up for your bowlers and another to fail to show the umpires respect. Not saying that Jayawardene was necessarily in the wrong, but he needs to be careful where he draws the line.

  • on March 6, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    well done Lank ans you can take the cup home.under paid over performed team in the world of cricket.

  • ssduk on March 6, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    Mahela is the best ever captian SL ever produced. He is a born leader. I wonder what happened to People like Ramesh Dharshana Perera....Why no comment mate when we are doing well??? Remember we are playing in Australia and don't call Australia has flat wickets. You always talked about Mahela's performance after the WC final. I will challenge you, if you go back his innings after the WC final.

  • on March 6, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    I'm an Indian, but am a huge fan of the Sri Lankan cricket team- they have always shown so much spirit and fight and they never give up, ever! Despite not being paid in months! That's true motivation! Mahela's captaincy is always right on target and it's great to see the passion and fire in him. Go Lions!

  • da_man_ on March 6, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    Great captain no doubt, but I wonder if the author would feel the same way if Shahid Afridi or Sreesanth (or someone of that ilk) argued with an umpire in this fashion. Good captaincy does not excuse manners. There is no room for finger pointing as that photo above in this sport.

  • SantoshGhirnikar on March 6, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    I am a India supporter, but after watching SL's performance in this CB series (except for that aberration when they lost to India), I think India was lucky to win the WC.

  • Cannuck on March 6, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    At least Mahela does his complaining on the field, not at the press conference like some other "cool" captains! Mahela made no excuses for his actions when prompted continuously by the "eager" media ready for a controversy. That's what separated a classy Captain from the rest. His reply at the awards ceremony "will cough up the 10% if I get paid" is classic, humour from him. It's his way of saying he was wrong & would take responsibility. This is why players perform better for him! RESPECT! In my opinion he was right to complain, but wrong to drag it on. Either way sometimes a bit of emotion is not a bad thing, as it lit up a fire in the players belly. It's like a thundering body check by a hockey player, when his team is down! In thing 10% of match fee is an insignificant payment in return for 200% of admiration & respect from the fans! He backed it up with a brilliant display of batting & opening stand with Dilly. Well done SL you are one hurdle away from the CUP!!!

  • Sanj747 on March 6, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    Brilliant performance from Sri Lanka. Hope they go all the way. This is what you call leadership in cricket. Mahela has been the captain of the series not doubt about that.

  • on March 6, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    No doubt Mahela is a very good captain , but let us get some perspective here . Mahela is not one of the greats like Worrell , Lloyd , Tiger Pataudi , Imran Khan , Mark Taylor , Ian Chappell or Arjuna Ranathunga ,who were all great strategists.But as a tactician , Mahela is one of the best ever . I recall a match when Chaminda Vaas was the official captain but Mahela just took over and started leading in the middle of the game because Vaas was hopelessly out of his depth.

  • Cannuck on March 6, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    @KingOwl: Great stuff mate! Nice to see some own up & take responsibility for their mistakes. For some reason or the other Mahela attracts so many bashers, but only few give him his due credit. You are now one of the few who does!

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on March 6, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    He is a very good captain and is doing a fabulous job ....but when did badgering umpires and showing dissent become charming? Seems like double standards to me. It was out of order when someone like Ponting did it and its out of order here.

  • True-Lion on March 6, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    Captains are born not created… Mahela has a genuine ability to lead from the front... he is off to a impressive start on his second time around as SL captain. Keep up the good work Mahela… we are cheering you from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.. Good luck in the final match… Go Sri Lanka Go !!!!

  • itsthewayuplay on March 6, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    SL players are underpaid but have overperformed in Aus especially with the exception of the last game against India. All credit to each of them in these circumstances. What a complete contrast to the pathetic overpaid and underperforming Indians who batted embarassingly except for that game against SL.

  • Chinsen on March 6, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    Um, I'm sorry, have you all forgotten the reaction when Ponting had a prolonged argument with Aleem Dar back in the Ashes? He was equally guilty, if not less, and he got fined 40% of his match fee. Interestingly part of his fine was for a

    Level 1 offence under article 2.1.3 (h) of the code of conduct, which relates to "arguing or entering into a prolonged discussion with the umpire about his decision"

    If Mahela's wasn't "prolonged" as well I'm not sure what's going on.

    Funny how when Mahela does it it's "charming", yet I remember Ponting getting the proper treatment a captain deserves for acting in such a way.

    I'm not saying Ponting was right, Mahela was wrong or anything, but clearly there are some double standards going on here. Let's not forget Dhoni wagging his finger and arguing with Billy Bowden not too long ago... no fine there at all.

  • on March 6, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    I dont see any wrongs in mahela's behavior .. You did the correct thing .. u talk for the team,... well done mahela ,,As Sri lankans we r with you..

  • JustIPL on March 6, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    Remarkable come back from SL under J'wardene after series against Pak in UAE where every match was a new low for them in the home like conditions as some cricket fans have concluded. Good thing is that they have moved on from Murali and Vaas. When they come for Asia Cup they will be favourites. Their last test will be to overcome Pakistan spin attack and take revenge of UAE debacle. They have proved that they were the worthy finalists of WC.

  • coverfielder on March 6, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    When Mahela was asked beginning of the tournament, what's the weakness of the Aus side he said "bowling". Then everyone laughed at him. Now, end of the tournament, everybody realizes and can see what he said, even Clarke. What a cricketing brain?

  • Cool_Jeeves on March 6, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    A majestic batsman - his world cup semi final and final centuries are unforgettable

  • gsamiru on March 6, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    A true Gentleman, A true Tactician...... That's Mahela

  • chsj on March 6, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    Bad way of looking at things, just praise a winner - that's all the article does. To the same eyes, , Virat's behaviour would look churlish. To me both are wrong . Raising a point with umpires is one thing, but pressurizing is another. BTW I am a big fan of Mahela, with this or without this.

  • Mutukisna on March 6, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    When it comes to the role of Captaincy considering all Sports, a Cricket Captain's decision-making, leadership skills and responsibility ranks highest in the hierarchy, assuming there is one. I am sure captains of other sports would agree with this statement without any doubt or argument. And our Sri Lankan Captain Mahela Jayawardena has proved that he is the best of the best in International Cricket. I was astounded when he resigned from the captaincy a few years ago but delighted when he accepted it back recently. Long may he reign as Captain!

  • ProdigyA on March 6, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Wow..If this was done by an Dhoni or any Indian player? We are arrogant eh? Cricinfo is becoming like NDTV, singing the congress song 24*7

  • madras_boy on March 6, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    MJ - Best of Luck for the final. You still have lot of cricket in you.

    Read the news somewhere that SL cricketers are unpaid, don't know how ICC can penalise 10% !!! Shame on ICC !

  • on March 6, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    Mahela is a true Inspiration to all us Sri Lankans and I am sure he is an idol to the World Cricket as well as International Sport. A Superb Sportsman and aGreat Human Being. Kudos Mahela. You are the Best !

  • on March 6, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    I have a partner in crime Sanga..a formr captain nd no ego issues..gr8 team-spirit...keep it up sri lanka..wish u all d bs 4 a win..

  • Nmiduna on March 6, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    great article sidharth!..reminds me a bit of peter..his articles were often touching n frearless..though, this is jst about a series n a match, its still shows hints of that 'roebuckness'.and as a sri lankan i was often suprised by peter's in-depth knowledge of our countries onside matters and how he put them into perspective..i dont know how long mahela will captain..bt i only hope n wish it'll be very very long!..and thanks for ur appreciation for this wonderful turnaround by our team and the significant influence brought in by mahela! sure the aussies were a bit sloppy smtimes, bt they didnt jst throw us the game, did they? it surely is a team effort but @balumekka, well said!..a true leader surely brings the best out of his mates..and despite his magical winning ways, dhoni smtimes is too cool for my liking..cool to the point of being insensitive actually..smtimes its nt bad to shw sm emotion,even if they slightly crosses da boundaries of law,jst to show you are human... cheers!!

  • on March 6, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    Great captain..A true leader. But he better stop it which is the anger for this instance only. It is captains duty to ask what is going on. If it was umpires direct call, then that was all right. But after a request, giving no ball...?? Come on..Umpires has to be better than that..

  • on March 6, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    yap. it is a great game .... SL won the match easily ....i think SL team has got right batsmen in the middle ..only problem is that they don't have a best bowles..most of the time captain depends on malinga Yorker..kula is gud but not serious ...and spinner is not serious ....so if SL gets one bowler...i think it will the best team ...

  • on March 6, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    If Sri Lanka had mahela as leader in world cup final we surely won that match.

  • Rakesh_Sharma on March 6, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    This is the difference between a great player and a leader like Mahela and a so called great batsman and just a player without leadership qualities and wanting to play forever like Tendulkar. The difference between great playercaptains like Bradman,Dhoni, Sobers,Ponting,Richards,Vaughan ,Imran ,Stephen Flemming and just a player like Tendulkar. Great players take responsibility in victory and defeat not just remain as team passenger with one dimensional work.

  • on March 6, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    Mahela, we stand with you. if Arjuna was on field today, Oxenford would have got the hearing of his life!

  • on March 6, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    sri lanka are fighting neck to neck against Australia due to Jayawardena's captaincy

  • on March 6, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    Maya is probably one of the best captains in the last decade.He is an absolute fighter and a lot of captains in world cricket can learn from him. The best thing is that he is a thorough gentleman off and on the field.

  • on March 6, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    Well said...there's always something special about Mahela Jayawardene, whether he's batting, fielding or leading the team. He's the kind of player that young cricketers can model themselves on...especially his sublime stroke-making.

  • on March 6, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    WELL DONE MAHIYA WE R WITH U ALLWAYS

  • 6pack on March 6, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    Astute tactician ... with age he is composed, in control and knows his game and his teams' strengths. If a bit of arguing is needed to hype up the team then so be it. I'm enjoying this new Sri Lankan team... a wonderful mix of battle-hardened veterans and some promising young talent.

  • on March 6, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    Mahela is one of my favorite players and I always wanted him to be as a captain. Even Sanga was a great one. But, without any arguments Mahela is the best.. He is like Imran.. whenever team needs him to come up he comes.. See is there any other team whos middle order senior or captain come up and open to solve opening problems? or at one down nope its only Srilanka... Even though I am a Pakistani but I am fan of Mahela... love you Mahela please keep entertaining :)

  • on March 6, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    Sidharth monga you seemed so sure that we weren't doing so good at that time?? We chased 321 pretty close the last final and Australia won it by a margin mister., So you make Mahela talking against a foul decision of a umpire as a desperate captain who wants just a win. That is so stupid to anyone who really knows Mahela. He's one of handful of cricketers who actually respects the good decisions and cricket games and winning or losing doesn't care. We Sri Lankans lost games and won games but we never try to win by doing cheap things. Why the Umpires are there if the players can make decisions?? I mean next time when Michael Clarke face a LBW he'll say that's not a lbw and umpires call that decision ok. funny cricket!!

    Mahela We know you brother and you are great !!!!!

  • satish619chandar on March 6, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    This is what a team needs.. Players backing the captain.. Actually, today the fielders didn't backup the captain but still, he made up for that in awesome display of batting.. ONE MORE MATCH MAHELA.. I would love to see him lift the cup.. He deserves it..

  • Karunk on March 6, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    Hats off to Mahela! Great job in trying circumstances.. SriLanka's start in one day series was similar to India's start in tests. But Mahela quickly turned it around with bold thinking by promoting himself to open where as Mr.Dhoni kept approaching every match with the same order. Even when Gautam, Sachin & Viru played, it was the same order. He could have tried Viru at no.6 and promoting Kohli to one drop.Srilanka missed allrounders Mathew & Perreira today but Mahel still managed to restrict Australia to 272 even with two centuries. After 3 months, Indian batsmen were struggling to adapt where as SriLankan batsmen found their feet within weeks. India lost many matches with huge margin conceding bonus point where as Lankans lost the first final by 12 runs. Star studdded Indian line up did not put up a fight even once like what Kula and Taranga. I am an Indian but happy that SriLanka is in finals. Lesson for BCCI: Don't make the payments to its over hyped cricketers. Let them earn.

  • on March 6, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    Well done maiya ... chris broad is a Blinded duck ... where would be murali if not for leaders like Arjuna & maiya Who takes care of his players :P Thumbs up bro

  • Philip_Gnana on March 6, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    Well done Mahela. Nice piece here Sidharth. We sure need to see passion and purpose in games. It adds spice, the hot air I mean. Mahela can only come second to Arjuna because of the latter's achievements. The complete captain for all formats. Takes up the challenge, runs the gauntlet and now takes on the umpires with all good intentions thinking that he was right and why not. This psychology sure did work too. Thank you Mahela. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • SeamingWicket on March 6, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    Actually i think his best bowler has had a very good tournament. Sure he has gone for alot of runs. But he has been taking wickets very consistently. Even in the match when Malinga went for 96 runs against India, he managed to get the vital wicket of Tendulkar. The very next game he took 4 wickets and was a main player in SL winning that game to go to the finals. And today he took more wickets. So its safe to say that Malinga has been a vital part of this Lankan outfit in this Tri series.

  • braveknight on March 6, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Monga..>>> YOUR ARTICLE IS WORTH A MILLION BUCKS!!..Fantastic writing, excitingly refreshing perspective...You are the Tom Peters of Cricket!!..you couldnt have said it better really. What sets apart leaders from captains is just that - calling them as they are, and walking a fine line and letting it rip once in a while. Success doesnt come to those who wait and shy away from taking risks. Mahela did not simply stir anything, he argued for what's right by the book..maybe he boiled over a bit, but he is the leader in the heat of the battle -- what less can one expect from such leaders..Today is a lesson on leadership..Cricket must love and embrace leaders like that..otherwise it'd be a boring game of consensus and best behaviour that they may ask you to wear a tie when you go out to play before too long..Mahela is NOT just a Captain, he is a LEADER, and he wont settle for anything less than what his formidable talent pool deserves!!

  • hawkeye30 on March 6, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Great article about one of the most fascinating, dynamic captains in the game. Mahela is not only gifted with skills with the cricket bat but with utmost knowledge of the game too. Great asset to world cricket and a treat to watch.

  • Wolfpac on March 6, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    Ya maiyya pls stick with SL cricket till the next world Cup pretty please

  • MENDIS_Forever on March 6, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    Mahela,proud of you! But making an umpire angry is a sin.

  • wjkalana on March 6, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    First Indian fans said SL is the punching bag, then say said Australia wanted SL to final which is odd (after Australia beat India 4-0 in test and 3-1 in ODI with bonus points) and then they said australia gonna beat SL by 2-0 in finals. Now 6 games passed by btw SL and Aus and result is 4-2. Our flat track bullies can only play on flat tracks. Last time India beat australia on adelade it was a last over thriller but SL beat Australia with 5 overs to spare even with bad fielding.And India only beats SL in hobart and they were thrilled up after getting a 1 bonus point after conceding 3 bonus points. And didnt realize it was just a one off game and they were really lucky on that day. So home champion India lets show your colors in asian condition in asia cup and become at least sub continent champion.

  • on March 6, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    Mahela is the greatest captain and best tactician in the World. He is also a great batsman and has an excellent cricketing brain. Even before the start of the CB series, I predicted that Sri Lanka will perform well if Mahela opens the batting. It is a delight to watch him bat, when he is in form. He was always a better captain compared to a lot of other players in the SL team. I sincerely hope that he continues to Captain Sri Lanka for at least aanother 2 years by which time Angelo Matthews can take over. Come on Mahela, show the Aussies a lesson by beating them on Thursday 8th March - Niranjan Samarasekera. Melbourne

  • Nampally on March 6, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    Sidharth, Jaya is by far the best of the 3 other Captains you mentioned in your article. The Credit goes to the SL cricket board & its Selectors for making such a bold move of firing the Coach & replacing the existing captain with Jaya.Jaya is dynamic, ruthless in his search for victory, plays with heart & soul and leads by example.As long as you win within the rules of the game, it does not matter if you look like a "nickel & Dime Guy". Thats what Jaya is in his rants with the Unpires.Dhoni's so called "Cool" is foolish. He never shakes up the side and does not do anything different.If the XI is not performing, shake it up badly. Jaya did it in the batting order & even in his choice & order of the bowlers - Opening with Dilshan instead of Malinga. Opening the batting himself instead of Tharanga. Even when there was dropped catches galore,he pulled off a victory by grit & Never say Die attitude. India & Dhoni have plenty to learn watching SL & Jaya's approach to playing hard to WIN!.

  • on March 6, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    Srilanka is fav for Asia Cup

  • KingOwl on March 6, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    Mahela is a lot better than I gave him credit, I must confess. I wrote many critical messages to Cricinfo about Mahela during the England/SA tours. But, I take all that back. Mahela, you are the man! Go Lions!

  • on March 6, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    If you can argue with the opponents why can't you question from the umpires when an injustice occur. Why you have to be a kinder garden student who is scared of your teacher and never questions fearing a beat on the back? Mahela set up a great example going along the great Arjuna. It all comes from this small island in the end! See a rugby match or a football for that matter, do they obey like puppies when the referee does dumb? The game should be fare to umpires too, they also be punished or fined for wrong doings! After all, thats what they are paid for.. Well done Mahela, I don't mind you showing some other finger not the index!!!

  • Daran9 on March 6, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    Mahela is geneous! He is probably the cleverest captain in the world cricket today if not at all time. Mahela is also the most humble cricketer in the world now who can approached by any one at any point. He never say no to have a chat if he is around. But he never afraid to speak out for his team similar to Arjuna. Even though Sangakkara was reading law, Mahela is the one apply the laws of cricket more than any one else when ever is needed even though it might cost him some match fee. He will try and get you justice. That is a sign of good captainship!

  • Balumekka on March 6, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    Mahela is a born leader and arguably one of the greatest tacticians of the modern cricket, be it any form. They say when a true leader is there, others voluntarily play their roles as duty towards the captain.

  • on March 6, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    Good article, Sidharth- thanks. I agree- Sri Lanka was in danger of coasting into the land of the West Indies cricket where defeat is expected and nothing matters. How many times watching both teams have I wished for some vitality and fight.

  • on March 6, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    Good luck man ! He is a great player and everyone (OK, you know who is EVERYONE) knows it. Sri Lanka team has really well in the series and I think everyone agree that the success has partly due to his captancy. Good lusk for Sri Lanka on the final match (now, thats the final) !

  • on March 6, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    " It was unfortunate when, for whatever reason, Jayawardene quit captaincy. Now that he is back, it is fun to watch him lead Sri Lanka." . Agree , Its Fun

  • on March 6, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    indeed!!! one of the greatest captains in all format of sport!!

  • khanq on March 6, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    I really Like Mahela's Captaincy, pretty fluid and right in arguing about what is wrong...the umpiring in Australia, always seem to favor the home side... CRIBBERS

  • on March 6, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    a nice captaincy.though i am from india i never hesitate to praise his captaincy...........well done mahela ...keep it up

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  • on March 6, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    a nice captaincy.though i am from india i never hesitate to praise his captaincy...........well done mahela ...keep it up

  • khanq on March 6, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    I really Like Mahela's Captaincy, pretty fluid and right in arguing about what is wrong...the umpiring in Australia, always seem to favor the home side... CRIBBERS

  • on March 6, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    indeed!!! one of the greatest captains in all format of sport!!

  • on March 6, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    " It was unfortunate when, for whatever reason, Jayawardene quit captaincy. Now that he is back, it is fun to watch him lead Sri Lanka." . Agree , Its Fun

  • on March 6, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    Good luck man ! He is a great player and everyone (OK, you know who is EVERYONE) knows it. Sri Lanka team has really well in the series and I think everyone agree that the success has partly due to his captancy. Good lusk for Sri Lanka on the final match (now, thats the final) !

  • on March 6, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    Good article, Sidharth- thanks. I agree- Sri Lanka was in danger of coasting into the land of the West Indies cricket where defeat is expected and nothing matters. How many times watching both teams have I wished for some vitality and fight.

  • Balumekka on March 6, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    Mahela is a born leader and arguably one of the greatest tacticians of the modern cricket, be it any form. They say when a true leader is there, others voluntarily play their roles as duty towards the captain.

  • Daran9 on March 6, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    Mahela is geneous! He is probably the cleverest captain in the world cricket today if not at all time. Mahela is also the most humble cricketer in the world now who can approached by any one at any point. He never say no to have a chat if he is around. But he never afraid to speak out for his team similar to Arjuna. Even though Sangakkara was reading law, Mahela is the one apply the laws of cricket more than any one else when ever is needed even though it might cost him some match fee. He will try and get you justice. That is a sign of good captainship!

  • on March 6, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    If you can argue with the opponents why can't you question from the umpires when an injustice occur. Why you have to be a kinder garden student who is scared of your teacher and never questions fearing a beat on the back? Mahela set up a great example going along the great Arjuna. It all comes from this small island in the end! See a rugby match or a football for that matter, do they obey like puppies when the referee does dumb? The game should be fare to umpires too, they also be punished or fined for wrong doings! After all, thats what they are paid for.. Well done Mahela, I don't mind you showing some other finger not the index!!!

  • KingOwl on March 6, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    Mahela is a lot better than I gave him credit, I must confess. I wrote many critical messages to Cricinfo about Mahela during the England/SA tours. But, I take all that back. Mahela, you are the man! Go Lions!